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Book of Mormon Cleans Up at the Olivier Awards

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David M. Benett—Getty Images From left: Gavin Creel, Jared Gertner, Alexia Khadime, Sonia Friedman, Anne Garefino, Casey Nicholaw and Stephen Ashfield celebrate the Mastercard Best New Musical Award for "The Book Of Mormon" in the press room at the Laurence Olivier Awards at The Royal Opera House on April 13, 2014 in London.

The musical created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone snagged four statues at Britain's answer to the Tony Awards

The Book of Mormon continued its reign as a critical darling of musical theater on Sunday night, scoring four Olivier Awards statues at Britain’s version of the Tonys.

The musical created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, which opened in London’s West End in Feb. 2013, snagged the statues for Best New Musical, Best Actor for Gavin Creel, Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical for Stephen Ashfield, and Best Theatre Choreographer for Casey Nicholaw.

The Book of Mormon’s success at the Olivier Awards echoes its performance at the 2011 Tony Awards in New York, when the comedy musical won a whopping nine awards, including Best Musical.

Also earning a stack of awards was the drama Chimerica, Lucy Kirkwood’s play about an American photojournalist on a mission to find a long-captured subject of a photo he snapped at Tiananmen Square in 1989. The play won awards for Best New Play, Best Director for Lyndsey Turner, and Best Set Design and tied for awards for Best Lighting Design and Best Sound Design. (Turner also happened to be one of three women who was nominated for the prestigious directing award, which marks a surprising contrast to film awards.)


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